Schneider Electric is launching a comprehensive university relations program that aims to promote collaboration between academia, government and the business community in providing needed energy management skills development at the university level.
“There is a sizable business opportunity in energy management today and the market will continue to grow,” said Jeff Drees, U.S. president of Schneider Electric. “We all need to get off the sideline and do our part to ensure there is a skilled workforce at many levels to sustain the demand for energy management solutions. Companies like ours that hold energy management expertise need to not only participate, but help lead this movement in conjunction with the public sector and academia.”
Schneider Electric’s university relations program will provide schools with initiatives ranging from executive-level sponsorship and participation in campus speaking opportunities, subject-matter access for energy management curriculum development and university research projects, strategic counsel on university sustainability plans, sponsorships of university competitions focused on green technology and energy management, and a commitment to provide global career opportunities to recent college graduates who are preparing for careers in green technology. Schneider Electric will also work with universities to create on-site learning labs that demonstrate future technologies, enhancing the education experience for students and faculty and providing opportunities to integrate energy management into the classroom in a hands-on way.
For customers, partners and the general public, the company also recently announced that Energy University, its free, on-line, vendor-neutral education tool on energy management, has now attracted more than 50,000 users from over 100 countries. Since its launch in 2009, Energy University now offers over 55 courses in nine languages and is now partnering with 10 professional associations to provide continuing education credits. For more information on Energy University visit www.myenergyuniversity.com.